Oluwole Francis Abuja
Honorable Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande has charged the Nigeria Beach Soccer Association led by Africa Beach Soccer President Mallam Hadejia Mahmoud, not to rest on their oars, but keep the fire of excellence burning.
Honorable Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande stated this when Hadejia Mahmoud led his team to a courtesy visit on Honorable Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande at his residence Guzape on Tuesday 17th of November, to brief him about the latest development in Beach Soccer in Nigeria.
According to him they are in his place to Update him a about the progressed made so far with Beach Soccer Nigeria and also to seek for his wise counsel on how to move the game forward From our last meeting uptill today a lot has happened.
Also speaking is the Secretary General of African Beach Soccer Arch. Taiye Olajide, who commended Hon. Kwande zeal and passion for the game of Beach Soccer in Nigeria, according to him ‘It has to be an all-inclusive thing, everybody that are interested in the game are almost on board but while stating the fact that for Beach Soccer to move forward as an association there must be driver of the game and the reason the team needed to identify with Hon. Kwande to present a team of those who are very passionate about the game of Beach Soccer in Nigeria’,
While speaking further, the Secretary General further highlight the need to tap from his abundant knowledge as an astute soccer administrator and a two term member of the National Assembly who can help to interpret the law also.
‘‘We are also here to seek for your wisdom on how beach to push Beach Soccer forward in Nigeria, in particular we can’t be leaders on the continent and not practice what we have been saying and its time we have a face at home’’.
‘’Next year we are going to establish a league format which is already existing, Abuja Beach Soccer In Febuary, Eko Beach Soccer in Lagos during Easter in March, Kebbi Beach Soccer held during Sallah in May, are already existing and all we just want to do is to aggregate them and also put them together as a League Format for 2021. It will run like a Super final or we fashion out a way of aggregating points to team to enable us rate them before we can move forward, we need your fatherly advice so that we can move and not slip so we need you to point us the direction we should go under the umbrella of Beach Soccer Nigeria’’ he said.
Responding, Hon. Kwande commended the Nigeria Beach Soccer Chairman Mahmoud Hadejia for the great effort he has demonstrated so far and implore him on their direction but for him he need to know the direction Beach Soccer Nigeria want to head to, just like we have the LMC, NNL, NLO and the Women League once we are clear I can guarantee the board will have my total support. Get a body for Nigeria there need to be a Beach Soccer recognized body in Nigeria so that the federation will know who to really deal with in the future, I feel bad that Beach Soccer are not part of those that will benefit from the Palliatives that will be shared by the Federation and it’s just because the Beach Soccer has no known body. If you have a registered body I will in my capacity help to push the body for the federation to work with since you have 3 of your member as a committee member its easier for us to work and push for what will drive Beach Soccer forward in Nigeria.
The high ranking member of the Nigeria Football Federation challenged the body to put a face to the association so that the body will have a legal endorsement before the congress in Lagos.
‘‘What I will advised you is to register your body and seek for affiliation with the Nigeria Football Federation so that the body will be recognized and get the basic support from the Federation in the nearest future and I just you to get together so that before the next AGM in Lagos the body will formally be introduced to the Nigeria football federation Congress’’.
I don’t want you and your team to extinguish the fire in your vision, because if the steam blows out then the game of Beach Soccer will not grow in Nigeria he said.
The team also took the opportunity of intimating Hon. Kwande on the Africa Beach Soccer Union, Mallam Mahmoud Hadejia is also the President and he was later decorated with ABSU badge, the president has on his entourage the Secretary of ABSU Arh. Taiye Olajide, Mojeed Adegbingbin (member of NFF Beach Soccer Committee), Abdullahi Isah (Kebbi Beach Soccer Coach), Wonder Nwigwe Chairman Ebonyi Beach Soccer), Saraki Oladimeji Co, Olayinka Elebute ABSU member Media Committee Secretariat.